Health Affairs Briefing: The New Urgency To Lower Costs

Washington, D.C.

On September 8, Health Affairs will release its September 2011 issue, “The New Urgency To Lower Costs.”  The issue explores the third element of CMS Administrator Don Berwick’s famous “Triple Aim” for health care:  namely, the objective of lowering costs.  Topics to be discussed include Disease Prevalence, Costs, and Opportunities for Prevention; Who Bears the Burden of Health Costs?; Costs, Prices, and Value; and Approaches to Cost-Cutting.

Read "Enrolling People With Prediabetes Ages 60–64 In A Proven Weight Loss Program Could Save Medicare $7 Billion Or More" by Kenneth Thorpe and Zhou Yang from Health Affairs September 2011 issue.

Please join us for a briefing at the Grand Hyatt Hotel that day from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. as we unveil the issue.  Among the speakers will be:

  • Kenneth Thorpe, Professor and Chair, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, on containing costs by preventing chronic disease
  • Charles Roehrig, Director of the Center for Sustainable Health Spending, Altarum Institute, on disease prevalence and health care cost growth
  • David Auerbach, Policy Researcher, RAND, on the effects of rising health care costs on American families
  • Patricia Ketsche, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Academic Programs, Institute of Health Administration, Georgia State University, on who finances national health spending
  • Gina Livermore, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, on government expenditures for working-age people with disabilities
  • Miriam Laugesen, Assistant Professor of Health Policy Management, Mailman School of Health Policy, Columbia University, on physician payment and the cost of health care
  • Glenn Melnick, Professor, School of Policy Planning and Development, University of Southern California, on the effects of concentrated health plan markets on prices
  • Craig Blackmore, Scientific Director Center for Health Care Solutions, Virginia Mason Medical Center, on marketplace collaboratives
  • Laurence Baker, Professor of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University, on coupling care management and telehealth to reduce costs
  • Neeraj Sood, Director of International Programs at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Southern California, on the National Pilot Program on Payment Bundling
  • Mark Hall, Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law, Wake Forest University, on the cost of safety nets for uninsured adults
  • Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

WHEN:                  Thursday, September 8, 2011
                                8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:                Grand Hyatt Hotel
                                1000 H Street NW
                                Washington, DC

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